Mark Nora focuses on providing strategic creativity and tactical focus to maximize success for clients in real estate development projects. In this ever challenging market, Mark relies on his almost 40 years of experience as an attorney and urban planner to help clients achieve that success. The breadth and depth of his legal experience in the commercial, residential, and hospitality industries facilitates a client's ability to identify and resolve developmental and regulatory challenges. Whether the issue involves land use and zoning, tax increment financing, alcoholic beverage licensing, public/private partnerships, or project and program finance, his extensive experience is a valuable asset in a client’s arsenal.
  • Structured redevelopment agreement in Lake County, Illinois for development of municipal services complex and expansion of multi-use office and commercial complex.
  • Obtained approval of a $4.5 million Economic Development for a Growing Economy grant from the Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity in connection with the relocation of a national health care consortium to Chicago.
  • Obtained approval of rezoning of commercial property to permit development of surgical center in northern Chicago suburbs.
  • Obtained approval of the rezoning of a residentially zoned property to permit its adaptive reuse as a full time college and seminary.
  • Negotiated, documented, and closed on an application for tax increment financing for the redevelopment of blighted property as a performing arts and educational center in Chicago.
  • Represented purchaser of large mixed-use commercial and multifamily development financed by proceeds of $108 million multi-modal, multifamily housing revenue refunding bonds.
  • Obtained alcoholic beverage and other operational federal, state, and local licenses in multiple jurisdictions for national upscale retailer.
  • Obtained approval of a $26.5 million tax increment financing and $2.5 million Enterprise Zone grant on behalf of an e-commerce retailer to support the construction of a regional warehouse facility in Will County, Illinois.
  • Represented several national hotel owners and operators in connection with all state, county and local operational licensing, including alcoholic beverage licensing, throughout Illinois.
  • Represented a national chain of convenience stores in connection with alcoholic beverage licensing matters.
  • Obtained approval of resubdivision of a shopping center in McHenry County, Illinois to permit its strategic redevelopment.
  • Obtained approval of resubdivision of commercial center in Chicago, Illinois to permit its strategic redevelopment.
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Keeping the Peace in Real Estate
Leading Lawyers Magazine, Real Estate Edition
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Mr. Nora has conducted numerous seminars and presentations on:
  • Land Use and Zoning
  • Economic Development Incentives
  • Urban Planning

before a wide variety of organizations including:

  • American Planning Association
  • Urban Land Institute
  • Chicago Bar Association
  • Illinois Association of Procurement Officials
  • Lorman Group of the National Business Institute
eAlerts Updates
Empowerment Zones and Commercial Development
Real Estate Newsletter
2nd Quarter 2004